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Pages of History: Masquerade ball a big society event at school gym

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, January 1940.

Arrangements are fully completed today for the annual masquerade ball to be staged under the auspices of the Crescent City Volunteer Fire Department at the high school gymnasium, with indications that this year’s event will be the most hilarious and spectacular witnessed in several years.

The gym dance floor is being resplendently decorated for the occasion and dancing will be continuous from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

A total of $40 in cash is being offered in prize money for the best costumes, and two of Del Norte’s leading dance orchestras, Lane’s Swingsters and The Brigadiers, will supply syncopation for the dance.

A ticket-selling campaign covering the entire city will be undertaken by the firemen and everyone, particularly property owners, should show their appreciation of the department’s service by purchasing two or more of the pasteboards.

Post office moving

Immediate construction of Crescent City’s new post office was assured when William McGilvary received official orders to proceed from the office of the Fourth Assistant Postmaster at Washington, D.C. The official okay was received Sunday night and construction began Monday morning.

This building, erection of which is under the direction of contractor Ed DesJardin, will be 30-by-60 feet of the same laminated redwood construction as McGilvary’s own new building, and it is hoped that the new post office will be ready for use by May1, weather permitting.

New printing machinery

The Triplicate this week completed the installation of a new series Chandler & Price printing press equipped with a Miller automatic feeder and several new typefaces and modern equipment, which will add materially to the efficiency of the shop’s commercial printing department.

A record hard to beat

Charles G. (“Punk”) Roy made a business trip to Brookings, Ore., last Wed­nes­day, the first time in 58 years’ residence in Del Norte County.

Roy also told the Triplicate reporter that he has only been out of a 20-mile radius around Crescent City for six days since he came here on the S.S. Crescent City at the age of 1 in 1882. He made one six-day trip to San Francisco with George Howe years ago.

Census being taken

Austin Raymond, of Patricks Creek, recently appointed census taker, is compiling statistics in Crescent City.

His territory includes all of Del Norte County and the northern portion of Humboldt County. It will be a matter of months before the census is complete.

Del Norte again made ‘goat’

The uncompromising attitude of higher-up officials of the state Fish and Game Department in criticizing Del Norte County as a lawless fish and game area cropped up again at the meeting of Humboldt and Del Norte county sportsmen held at Eureka.

A Crescent City delegate at the meeting who complained of illegal gill netting on Smith River brought the response from Captain Bill Harp of Ukiah, who has charge of this district for the fish and game division, that “he was glad that there was one conservationist in Del Norte County and that action would be taken.”

Several Crescent City residents attended the meeting.

 


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